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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Our Victorian half term

This half term we had a special delivery. Our class teddy Fudge received a Victoria Cross medal from none other than Queen Victoria herself! After our half term break, we discovered the medal and letter in a magical post box which had appeared in our classroom. We decided to learn more about the Victorian era. We learnt about who Queen Victoria was, how she became queen, and what she did while she was queen. We also looked at how it was to be a child in the Victorian times. The children explored Victorian houses, Victorian schools and Victorian food.

We were very lucky as our magical post box delivered some amazing books about the Victorian era. One, Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine' by Gloria Whelan, inspired us to research just how Queen Victoria went swimming. After discovering Prince Albert's bathing machine, we decided to write explanation texts for our own bathing machines however, we made some improvements! We gave them slides, springs and robotic arms, Queen Victoria would have been very impressed! 

Using our research about the Victorian era and the queen herself, we created biographies about her and Prince Albert. We learnt so much about her and what she did for Great Britain and her Empire. 

On November 21st 2017 we went to St Alban's to take part in a Victorian day. We had a fantastic time learning all about the Victorians. We were dressed up in brilliant Victorian outfits and were taught by a real Victorian school master. Mr Grey was scary and strict! We used slate boards and ink pens to write and found out just how hard it was to write (we made quite a mess!). We had an amazing day!